Winnie the Pooh

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #057
  • Date: Tuesday April 6th  2010
  • Course: Cochrane Town Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr53min 59sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 95 BPM
  • Temperature C: -8C
  • Distance covered to date: 2405.4km (1493.4m)
  • Total number of runners: 2

The wind from the west is getting stronger each time I head out along the 1A. It comes howling over the mountains and down the Bow River valley. All I keep thinking about, as I trudge towards the Ghost Station, is that, after 2hrs, I can turn around and the wind will blow me home. My friend, John, had emailed me to say that his son Luke would join me for the final 12km of my marathon, no problem. Luke turned up at 1.30pm and we headed off. Luke is 13 and in grade 7, he's lived in Canada for 3 years, originally coming from Middlesborough, in England. At the 37km mark we popped into Mackays ice cream store and head ice cream maker, Robbin, gave us two complimentary cones, "Fueling up" she said. Luke and I had a far reaching conversation. Topics included; British football, a whale that got stuck in the Thames and an injection that can be given to new borns to make them glow in the dark.

Avatar "Marathon Martin" has made good time around the north shores of Lake Superior, on his virtual route across Canada. He has just passed through the town of White River, Ontario, the original home of a bear called Winnie. On August 24th 1914, Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, a Canadian Army Veterinarian, purchased a black bear cub at White River. He was on his way overseas. He named the cub "Winnie" after Winnipeg, Manitoba (his home town). Coleburn left "Winnie" in the care of the London Zoo, while he served in France. In 1919, he gave Winnie to the Zoo. In 1926, A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard created the fictional character "Winnie the Pooh" based on the bear. A picture of Avatar "Marathon Martin" and Winnie can be seen in the Flickr gallery on the home page.

Llama Facts (This is no Joke)

One llama eats approximately 4 bales of hay per month.

Research Assistant Level II Karen

Quote of the Day

"Well, no athlete respects a big, fat coach who's going to stand there and rest the watch on his stomach."

Arthur Lydiard

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